OF THE WORLD RELATING TO WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS
provides links to laws and policies of the world relating to women’s human
rights. As of present it does not
include non-discrimination provisions of labor codes and family codes, or Constitutions
and Penal Codes other than those recently approved (updated as of 2 February
Law No. 9970 of 24 July
2008 [on sex discrimination].
Law No. 08-19 of 15
November 2008 [amends the Constitution with respect to sex discrimination].
Constitutional Law of 17
April 2008 [guarantees equality regardless of sex].
Anti-discrimination Act, Act No. 23592 of 23 July
1988, as amended through 2008.
Sex Discrimination Act,
1984, as amended through 2005.
Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission Act 1986, as amended through 2005.
Federal Equal Treatment Law,
as amended through 2002.
Federal Law of 2 July 2008
[amends the above Law].
Law on State Guarantees
of Equal Rights for Women and Men, 10 October 2006.
Law of 10 May 2007, as
amended through 2008.
This Law has the objective of fighting discrimination based on gender.
Married Persons (Protection) Act, as amended
through Act No. 32 of 1999.
Protection against Sexual Harassment Act, as
amended through 2000.
Rights Act, 1981, as amended through 1998.
Rights Amendment Act 2000
Constitution, 18 July 2008
[guarantees equality regardless of sex].
[prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex].
Supreme Decree No.
29850 of 10 December 2008 [approves the National Plan for Equal Opportunities:
building the new Bolivia women to live well].
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Law of 21 May 2003 [on
Law on Discrimination of 23
Decree No. 6387 of 5 March
2008 [approves the 2nd National Plan for Women’s Policies for the
Constitution, 13 June 2007 [prohibits
discrimination based on sex].
Human Rights Act, as amended through 2009.
Constitution, 10 June
2009 [prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex].
The Program for the Development of Chinese
Women, 7 August 2000.
Safeguarding Women’s Rights and Interests, 3 April 1992.
Sex Discrimination Ordinance. As amended
Law No. 823 of 10 July 2003.
This Law has the objective of establishing an institutional framework and
guidance for policies and activities on the part of the Government to guarantee
equity and equality of opportunities for women in the public and private
Law No. 731 of 14 January 2002.
This Law sets forth provisions to promote the quality of life of rural
Law No. 581 of 31 May 2000 regulating the
adequate and effective participation of women at decision-making levels in
various branches and bodies of the public administration, in conformity with
Articles 13, 40, and 43 of the National Constitution.
Law No. 82 of 3 November 1993 setting forth
rules on special support for women who are heads of families, as amended
Law No.7142 of 8 March 1990, the Law on the
Promotion of the Social Equality of Women, as amended through Law 7319 of 17
Law No. 7769 of 24 April 1998, the Law on
Care for Mothers in Conditions of Poverty (Law No. 7769, as amended through Law
8414 of 17 December 2001
Decree No. 30419 of 22 January 2002, Regulations
to the Law on Care for Mothers in Conditions of Poverty
Executive Decree No.
34729 of 3 September 2008 [requires public institutions to guide their
activities according to a policy of gender equity and equality].
Executive Decree No.
34588 of 6 June 2008 [Regulations to the Law on sexual harassment].
Equality Act, July 2003.
Law of 15 July 2008,
the Law on Gender Equality.
Act of Gender Equality, 30 May 2000.
Law No. 452 of 22
May 2006 [amends the above Law].
Law No. 484 of 12 June 2009 [amends the
Law No. 173/AN/02/4th defining the national
policy on the integration of women in development.
Law No. 192/AN/02/4th
instituting a quota system in elective offices and the administration of the
State, 13 November 2002.
2008-0270/PR/MPF of 26 November 2008 [on a system of quotas in elective offices
in the administration of State in order to reach at least 20% as a percentage
of either of the sexes in these offices].
September 2008 [prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex].
Law of 17 March 2009
amending the Penal Procedure Code and the Penal Code [criminalizes hate crimes
based on sex].
No. 4 of 29 April 2009 [strengthens provisions that guarantee the equality of
the sexes in marriage].
Act of 14 June 2006
amending the Penal Code [contains provisions on the violation of equality].
Equal Treatment Act, 2008.
Decision No. 532 of 2
October 2009 [approves legislation amending the Gender Equality Act and the
Equal Treatment Act].
The Women’s Plan of Action
Act respecting equality between men and
women, amended through 2005.
Law No. 98-657 of 29 July 1998 on guidance on
the fight against exclusions, as amended through 2009.
Law No. 2002-73 of 17 January 2002 on social
Among other things, this Law contains provisions on discrimination in
housing on the basis of a variety of factors including sex and on sexual and
Law of 30 November 2001 on the implementation
of equality between men and women.
National Gender and Children
Prevention of Discrimination Act 1997 (Act No.
26 of 1997), 13 October 1997.
Equal Rights Act (Act No. 19 of 1990), 19
Decree No. 34-2000 of 28 April 2000.
This Decree approves the Law on Equality of Opportunities for Women
Act No. 170 of 2007 [amends
the Penal Code to criminalize harassment].
Act on the Legal Status and Equal Rights of
Women and Men, 9 May 2000.
Act on Equal Status and
Equal Rights of Women and Men (Act No. 10/2008), 26 February 2008.
Equal Status Act 2000.
Civil Law (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 2008 (Act No. 14 of 2008), 14 July 2008 [amends the Equal
Status Act 2000 with respect to differential treatment of women and men in
No. 39 concerning human rights, 23 September 1999.
Equal Status Act (Act No. 8 of 2000), 26
Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law 5758-1998.
The Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society (Law
No. 78 of 1999), 1999.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Gender Discrimination Prevention and Relief Act,
Framework Act on Women’s Development, Act No.
5136 of 30 December 1995, as amended through 2008.
Act on the Gender Equality
Employment and Support for Work-Family Balance (Amendment to the Gender
Equality Employment Act), 21 December 2007.
October 2007 [prohibits discrimination based on sex].
Law No. 184 of 4 August 2008 on
state guarantees of equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women.
Cabinet Order No. 648m 17
October 2007 Regarding the Programme for Implementation of Gender Equality
Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Equal
Opportunities, 1 December 1998.
Law No. XI-303 of 16
June 2009 [amends the Criminal Code to criminalize expressing hatred of a group
of persons or person on the basis of sex].
Law No. VIII-947 of 1 December 1998, as
amended through 14 July 2009.
Law amending the Law
on Equal Opportunities for Men and Women, 2009.
Law No. 2007-022 of 28
June 2007 [on marriage and marriage regimes; part of the rationale for the Law
is to equalize relations between spouses].
Equality of Men and Women Act, 2003, as amended
Decree of 10 June 2003, as amended through
This Decree approves the Federal Law on the prevention and elimination of
discrimination, including discrimination based on gender.
Decree of 21 November 2007 [amends the above
Decree of 11 August 2009 [approves
the National Program on the Equality of Women and Men 2009-2012].
Constitution, 19 October 2007 [guarantees
the equality of men and women].
Law on Gender Equality,
Married Persons Equality Act, 1996 (Act No. 1
of 1996), 20 May 1996.
Affirmative Action (Employment) Amendment Act,
2007 (Act No. 6 of 2007), 21 December 2007.
Act to Amend Some Nepal
Acts for Maintaining Gender Equality, 2063 (2006).
National Human Rights National Action Plan,
of 1 March 1980 on the equal treatment of men and women.
Treatment Act, 2 March 1994.
Burden of Proof in Sex Discrimination Act
2000, 13 December 2000.
Law of 21 July 2007
[amends the Equal Treatment Act].
Rights Act 1993, as amended through 2008.
Law No. 648 of 14 February
2008, the Law on Equal Rights and Opportunities.
Law No. 641, Penal Code, 16 November 2007
[prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex].
Law No. 16 of 10 April 2002.
This Law regulates right to entry into public establishments and sets forth
measures to prevent discrimination, including discrimination based on gender.
Law No. 6 of 4 May 2000.
This Law declares that language, content, and illustrations that contribute
to the elimination of all practices that discriminate on the basis of gender,
contrary to the equality of men and women must be used in all educational works
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Law and Justice Gender
Third National Plan of
Equality of Opportunities between Men and Women (2008-2017).
Law No. 27942 of 26 February 2003.
This Law has the objective of fighting sexual harassment.
Law No. 27558 of 22 November 2001.
This Law is designed to promote the education of female rural children and
adolescents in conditions of equality.
Law No. 27270 of 26 January 2000, Law against
Law No. 27049 of 28 December
1998 delineating the right of citizens not to be subject to discrimination as
consumers and amending various Articles of Legislative Decree No. 716.
Act No. 25155 of 26 December
1989 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in regulations, statutes
and other rules of sporting, social, and cultural institutions.
Law No. 27558 of 22 November 2001.
This Law is designed to promote the education of female
rural children and adolescents in conditions of equality.
Women in Development and Nation Building Act,
12 February 1992.
Anti-Sexual Harassment Act, 1995.
Act No. 6955 of 13 June 1990 [on mail order
Republic Act No. 7900,
7 August 2009 [strengthens provisions on rural women].
Republic Act No. 9710 of
14 August 2009, the Magna Carta of Women.
No. 137/2000 of 31 August 2000 on the prevention and punishment of all forms of
discrimination [in Romanian].
Law of 16 January 2002 [amends Decree No.
SAINT VINCENT AND THE
September 2009 [ensures equal rights for women].
Law on Non-discrimination,
Charter, as amended through 2007.
Act of 21 June 2002 on equal opportunities
between men and women.
Act implementing the principle of equal
Criminal Code, 20 May
2008 [prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex].
Promotion of Equality and
Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 2000
Promotion of Equality and Prevention of
Unfair Discrimination Act 2002 (Act No. 52 of 2002), 30 December 2002 [amends
the above Act].
Commission on Gender Equality Act, 1996
(Act No. 39 of 1996).
Law No. 30/2003 of 13 October 2003 on measures
to incorporate the appraisal of the impact of gender in the regulatory
provisions formulated by the Government.
Act No. 443 of 30 May 1991 concerning equal
opportunities, as amended through Act No. 773/2000.
Discrimination Act of 5 June 2008.
Federal Law of 24 March 1995 on the
equality of women and men (The Law on Equality), as amended through 2006.
of 10 December 2004 on the Specialized Commission established by the Law on
August 2007 [guarantees men and women equal rights].
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The Equal Opportunity Act, 2000 (Act No. 68
of 2000), 20 October 2000.
The Equal Opportunity Act,
2001 (Act No. 5 of 2001), 11 June 2001 [amends the above Act].
Law of 14 December 2007
on state guarantees of equal opportunities for women.
Human Rights Act 1998 (Chapter 42 of 1998), 9
Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (Chapter 40 of 1997).
Sex Discrimination Act 1975, as amended through 2001.
Sex Discrimination (Election
Candidates) Act 2002, 26 February 2002.
Law No. 18476 of 3 April 2009 [measures
to achieve the equal participation of both sexes in the legislature at both the
national, municipal, and departmental levels and in the direction of political
Law on Equality of Opportunities for Women,
25 October 1999.
Decree with Rank and Force of Law No.
428 of 25 October 1999 [amends the above Law].
Comprehensive Law on Suffrage and Political
February 2009 [prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex].
Decree No. 48/2009/ND-CP
of 19 May 2009 [measures to ensure gender equality].
of Discrimination Act (No. 19 of 1998).